Petr Cech believes the relentless competitiveness of the Premier League is the reason for the dominance of English teams in Europe this season as his Arsenal side prepare to face Napoli in the quarter-finals of the Europa League next month.
Arsenal became the sixth English team out of six to reach the last eight of their respective European competitions after a thrilling 3-0 victory over Rennes on Thursday night.
The win for Unai Emery’s side, and Chelsea’s victory over Dynamo Kyiv, added to the four successes for the English teams in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
“If you can see the quality of the football every weekend and midweek [in the Premier League], it is getting more and more competitive,” said Cech, who is set to retire at the end of the season. “Sometimes the fact you have to fight every game for 90 minutes takes energy out of you for the European games but against Rennes it wasn’t the case.
“In the case of PSG [who were defeated by Manchester United], their problem is they don’t have enough big games during the year. Their squad and their quality is so far different from everybody else in their league that they are not tested week in, week out.
“They don’t have enough big games and then in the Champions League when you come to the moment when you are under pressure, they are not used to it.”